SG vs TWotM

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Toby » 10 Mar 2018, 11:11

I remember hearing Big Star back in 1991 on the back of Teenage Fanclub's rise and thinking that 1974 was, well, fucking years ago - like it was ancient.

27 years later...

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Rayge » 10 Mar 2018, 11:36

K wrote:Jesus fucking Christ what kind of world is it where people prefer the Whole of the Fucking Moon to September Gurls? Some fucking idiocy going on. Obviously it is Big Star. Listen to the Bear: the Waterboys are shit.


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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby ORORORO » 10 Mar 2018, 11:46

canon vs teenage love, really, isn't it?

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby echolalia » 10 Mar 2018, 13:51

I like TwotM but it’s never really convinced me. I’ve always heard it as a song about friendship and it has associations in that respect for me – “I wandered out in the world for years, you just stayed in your room.” But the last verse descends into sub-Dylanesque ramblings and it takes a fuck of a long time to go away. And that bing-bong descending-the-scale bit… no thanks.

Whereas, Gurls rings true right from that first note on the bass right down to the bottom of its rock n roll heart every single time. It introduces itself and knows exactly how and when to leave, and in between it absolutely fucking soars. So, September Gurls for me.

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby The Modernist » 12 Mar 2018, 01:10

K wrote:Jesus fucking Christ what kind of world is it where people prefer the Whole of the Fucking Moon to September Gurls? Some fucking idiocy going on. Obviously it is Big Star. Listen to the Bear: the Waterboys are shit.


According to the crit rock orthodoxy - "Big Star are good for you, they invented REM and no one listened to them at the time!".
As it goes "September Gurls" does win this one, being one of Big Star's breeziest, most charming efforts. But there are certainly Waterboys songs I'd take above it: some more obscure album tracks, others more famous ('Fisherman Blues'), just not TWotM.

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby trans-chigley express » 12 Mar 2018, 04:11

The Whole of the Moon is the correct answer to most polls

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 07:04

I'll be honest - as much as i love 'SG', my heart says 'TWoTM' wins this one. The second half of it especially, as a song and a piece of songwriting, is pretty damn brilliant.

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby ORORORO » 12 Mar 2018, 08:36

Excellent!
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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby yomptepi » 12 Mar 2018, 09:08

It is crass , overblown and obvious. And as boring as hell. What is wrong with you people.
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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby trans-chigley express » 12 Mar 2018, 10:40

yomptepi wrote:It is crass , overblown and obvious.


But that's enough about you, what about The Whole of the Moon?

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 10:42

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby PENK » 12 Mar 2018, 11:53

trans-chigley express wrote:
yomptepi wrote:It is crass , overblown and obvious.


But that's enough about you, what about The Whole of the Moon?


Talk about setting yourself up! :lol:
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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby yomptepi » 12 Mar 2018, 12:06

PENK wrote:
trans-chigley express wrote:
yomptepi wrote:It is crass , overblown and obvious.


But that's enough about you, what about The Whole of the Moon?


Talk about setting yourself up! :lol:


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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Bent Fabric » 12 Mar 2018, 13:04

I really do expect some sort of reward for sitting through the whole of that song.

And, yet - however deeply unappealing I may find it, there is no question that it/them resonates with a hell of a lot of people.

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby The Modernist » 12 Mar 2018, 14:27

Bent Fabric wrote:I really do expect some sort of reward for sitting through the whole of that song.

And, yet - however deeply unappealing I may find it, there is no question that it/them resonates with a hell of a lot of people.

If you love it, may you never hear it through my ears.


That's enough about September Gurls, what did you think about The Whole of the Moon?

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 12 Mar 2018, 14:45

This discussion is clearly happening in the universe where David Cassidy’s version of “How Can I Be Sure” is better than the Rascals.

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Count Machuki » 12 Mar 2018, 15:00

I'm hearing TWotM for the first time right now.
It sounds VERY 1985 so far...that's a problem.
Dude's making the most of his limited vocal ability...
They must be building up to something.
Oh dear, there's a horn chart.
What's with that backing vocal? It's nothing to do with the rest of the song.
Oh, no, this isn't for me at all.
It's going to wrap up soon, right? Nope, there's still two minutes to go.
Suddenly there's a saxophone.
I like that there's no fade out.

In conclusion, and based on one listen vs. hundreds of listens...SG by the length of the sea.
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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby The Modernist » 12 Mar 2018, 15:09

Mike Scott's got a pretty strong voice actually, I wouldn't call it limited at all.
I can see both sides here though. There was a time I found it incredibly stirring and anthemic, then it just stopped working on me, I'd heard it too often probably. At that point it started to sound too thin and overdone. It's funny JC is so enthusiastic about it, when I remember he really slagged off 'December' when I posted it once, maybe that one's too subtle for him!

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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 15:29

Bent Fabric wrote:If you love it, may you never hear it through my ears.

If you don't love it, may you one day hear it through my ears.
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Re: SG vs TWotM

Postby Davey the Fat Boy » 12 Mar 2018, 15:41

If we’re all supposed to be tired of the brown music - how long can we be tolerant of the European varietal with its fiddles and horns and accordions, Liam?

I say...down with the green music!
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